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Trials

Troubles That Paint The Right Story

Troubles That Paint The Right Story

Have you ever been shocked by life’s turn of events? I’ve had several defining moments when life seemed to spiral out of control, like the day my baby sister told me that her ultrasound showed that her baby had severe disabilities and was not expected […]

We don’t need Valentine’s Day to show us how needy/clingy we are.

We don’t need Valentine’s Day to show us how needy/clingy we are.

We don’t need Valentine’s Day to show us how needy and clingy we can be. All we need is a day when we feel lonely, overlooked, pushed aside, or under appreciated, and the inner rumblings of our hearts and mind reveal that we’re looking for […]

Thoughts on Waiting Well {When You Hate to Wait}

Thoughts on Waiting Well {When You Hate to Wait}

Thank you so much for praying for my niece, Addy. Her latest update is here and now all we can do is pray and wait and see if her spine straightens enough for the second surgery. Waiting has been on my mind lately since we’ve […]

Would You Pray for Addy?

Would You Pray for Addy?

Today, I simply want to ask you to pray for my sister, Hannah, and her daughter, Addy. If you’ve read here at all, you know a little bit about Addy’s journey. With all of her difficulties, she is one of the happiest, funniest kids I […]

When God Gives You Trials, When You Asked For Tiaras and Truffles

When God Gives You Trials, When You Asked For Tiaras and Truffles

I tend to want my own way, but God tends to do things differently. If I had it my way, my kids would be perfect, my money would never run out, our house would self-clean, the people in our life would be perfectly kind, considerate, […]

Thoughts on Peace, Trials, and First Loves

Thoughts on Peace, Trials, and First Loves

There is an amazing peace that fills you when you love the Lord first and foremost. And conversely, there is unrest and inner turmoil when you don’t. This week has been a strange one. We started with a wonderful Memorial Day celebration on Monday, followed by […]

How to Go From Pleasant to Bitter In A Decade

How to Go From Pleasant to Bitter In A Decade

We all want to age gracefully, but that doesn’t just happen. In fact, in a decades time, we can go from sweet to bitter or vice versa. And although beauty is only skin deep, bitterness of soul goes straight to the bone and can poison […]

How to Survive the Wilderness

How to Survive the Wilderness

Today is one of those days where I woke up feeling fully blessed. We had a wonderful weekend full of blessing and answered prayer, and received good news from our daughter in college about some upcoming opportunities the Lord has given her. But I don’t […]

Why Comparison Steals Your Joy {and how to get it back}

Why Comparison Steals Your Joy {and how to get it back}

Have you ever had the feeling that life is not fulfilling? Are you ever unsatisfied with life as you know it?   My little girl encountered this on a very small-scale one day when I went announced that we were going to the Dairy Queen. […]

Loving the Unlovely and Other Hard Commands

Loving the Unlovely and Other Hard Commands

The Bible is full of “One Another” commands. Commands. Not suggestions. And the way we keep them shows what is going on inside. It is easy to love those who love us, who are kind and gracious, sweet and pleasant. But it is much harder […]